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Tony Paley: Champion trainer Paul Nicholls believes Zarkandar remains his chief hope of success in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and thinks the bookmakers are wrong to have his runner longer odds than Saphir Du Rheu.Continue reading...
John Carver organised a football match between Newcastle United’s backroom staff and north-east-based journalists last Friday.
The game – won 6-0 by the interim manager’s support team – may appear to be an inconsequential event but, in the context of life at St James’ Park, it was a significant and subversive act that emphasises why he should not be underestimated.Continue reading...
• Clarke struggling to be ready in time for next month’s tournament
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Australia’s attempt to win next month’s World Cup and, potentially, the forthcoming Ashes in England, appears to be being threatened by a bitter, behind-the-scenes fallout between Michael Clarke and Cricket Australia.
Clarke, the national team’s captain, is facing a race to recover from a torn hamstring in time for Australia’s second game of the World Cup against Bangladesh in Brisbane on 21 February. That is the deadline handed to him by the governing body and given that Clarke’s camp are said to have previously, and privately, agreed a return date for the team’s fourth match of the tournament, many are interpreting that as his superiors setting the 33-year-old up to fail.Continue reading...
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Pakistan’s team management says all-rounder Haris Sohail was left “visibly shaken” after a ghostly encounter in a Christchurch hotel room.
Sohail fled what he believed was a supernatural presence which shook his bed at the Rydges Latimer hotel, taking refuge in the room of a team coach after the encounter earlier this week.
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After their heroic and improbable win over Japan, it was always a question of which UAE side was going to show up in the Hunter. Would they be buoyed, ready to continue their fairytale run? Or would the exertions over a grueling 120 minutes against Japan take their toll?
It didn’t take long to find out – with many at Newcastle Stadium still finding their seat, or patch of grass, Trent Sainsbury rose virtually unmarked to nod home a Massimo Luongo corner inside Majed Naser’s right post.Continue reading...
Aaaaaaarrrgggghhhh! The Mill’s dog ate its alarm clock, then the Mill’s dog fell on the train tracks*, caused signal failure, all after hiding the Mill’s keys down the back of the sofa – the rascal. Fear not however, for rushing is no longer en vogue among the modern day footballistas. Why? Because Gus Poyet says so. Want more proof, Pep Guardiola and Bastian Schweinsteiger also say so – neither is willing to break stride to sign a new deal at Bayern.
Nor is Raheem Sterling at Liverpool for that matter, which has pricked the ears of Chelsea suits who fancy bringing the 20-year-old, once a QPR youth, back to west London. Sterling is stalling over a new Liverpool contract. Their opening bid of £70,000 a week has caused offence. Sterling, who, we must not forget, gets tired, will not get out of bed for that (and after this morning, the Mill knows how he feels).Continue reading...